A city of distinctly different neighborhoods, each with enough personality and history to fill its own guidebook, Boston is perhaps best experienced from one of these residential enclaves. Whether you’re taking in the city’s historic sights and lively nights or visiting a local college or research institution, the best Airbnb rentals in Boston allow you to immerse yourself in the city experience.
Modeled after Parisian boulevards in the 19th century, the Back Bay is one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods. This spacious, four-bedroom unit is on the ground and first floors of a Marlborough Street brownstone. On a quiet street lined with brick sidewalks and gas lanterns, you’ll be steps from the shops and restaurants of Newbury and Boylston Streets or the Charles River Esplanade and bike path. It’s also an easy walk to the subway, Fenway Park, and just about anywhere else in Boston (even Cambridge, just over the Mass Ave bridge). The main floor features large living and dining rooms with ornately carved fireplace mantels and hardwood floors with beautiful wood inlays, plus a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and an informal eating area by the bay windows. There’s also a half bath and bedroom, while the lower level sports three more bedrooms, including a children’s room with trundle bed, plus a luxurious spa bath and another spacious bath with laundry facilities.
Like the Back Bay, the South End offers picturesque rows of Victorian brownstones and easy access to nearly all of Boston – but it’s particularly flavorful, home to vibrant blocks of local boutiques and what most consider the epicenter of Boston’s food scene. To complement your own culinary creations, the kitchen in this bright, cheery one-bedroom condo features exposed brick, a soapstone sink and stylish cabinetry. But the real stunner is the 100-square-foot (nine-square-meter) balcony overlooking Tremont Street and the city skyline.
If you truly want to be at the center of it all, this second-floor loft in a 160-year-old industrial building is smack in the heart of downtown Boston. Just outside is the Rose Kennedy Greenway – a meandering, landscaped park with carousel, art exhibitions and seasonal beer garden – as is Boston Harbor, the Freedom Trail and many other attractions. Exposed brick walls and towering 12-foot (four-meter) ceilings framed with wooden beams give the space a rustic beauty, while the modern furnishings, artwork and chef’s kitchen ensure you’ll enjoy a luxurious stay.
This completely remodeled five-bedroom house is in a beautiful, leafy neighborhood outside Brookline Village. Sunlight streams into the living room – with fireplace and piano – through large windows and the French doors of a cozy sunroom. The new kitchen gleams in white, black, steel and red, while the en suite main bath sparkles with patterned floor tiles and a walk-in shower. The third floor has another en suite bedroom. Between the toy-stocked kids’ room, the large yard and patio and the park-packed streets nearby, families will love this Airbnb. It’s also fairly close to the Longwood medical area and a number of colleges, not to mention two different branches of the Green Line and dozens of restaurants and shops.
This loft between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares puts you on the Red Line and in easy reach of Harvard and MIT. The city’s restaurants, bars and live-music scene are also steps away. Bathing in the sunny glow of two skylights 18 feet (five meters) above, the big, open space has been tastefully updated with a modern kitchen and furnishings, but it’s also dotted with enchanting antiques and framed by exposed wood beams and brick walls. One slender staircase ascends to a sleeping loft, while another leads to a tiny office nook with a window.
You’ll want to curl up like a cat beneath the floor-to-ceiling windows in this clean and cheerful Charlestown home. And you’ll be in good company, because the owner’s two friendly cats will stick around for your stay. A block from the Freedom Trail and Bunker Hill Monument, this home is roomy – at least by historic Charlestown standards. A tranquil bedroom is separated from the living area by French doors, while a cutout in the newer kitchen peeks out into the dining room. There’s a shared brick patio with a grill for outdoor unwinding, too. And while this is a residential area, there are plenty of restaurants nearby, and it’s a 15-minute walk into Boston’s North End.
Feisty and funky, Jamaica Plain is home to a range of quirky shops and eateries, the Sam Adams brewery and two jewels of Frederick Olmsted’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ park system that winds through Boston. This pondside (closer to Jamaica Pond) two-bedroom home is in a thoroughly remodeled 1892 carriage house. The open living area features dramatic cathedral ceilings with skylights, designer fixtures and furniture and a gas fireplace. The stunning blue and white kitchen was custom-built into the eaves, with a gas range, quartz counters and a pull-out Nespresso coffee station. And the luxurious bathroom includes a towel warmer and heated floors.
This dramatic, industrial-modern loft outside of Davis Square makes a winning impression on guests lucky enough to book it. Three windowed garage doors – including from the kitchen and bedroom – open up to a private treetop deck adorned with string lights and lush plants. There are laundry facilities and free parking on site, and it’s a short walk to Davis Square’s subway and nightlife.
This modern one-bedroom is on the 20th floor of a new development in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a high-end finish. A terrace accessible from the living area and bedroom offers sweeping views of Boston Harbor. While Fort Point has great restaurants to its credit, it’s also an easy walk into downtown Boston. You are also in close proximity to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the rest of the Seaport District, with the benefit of some breathing room between you and the convention-goers.
This clean, bright unit is on the top floor of a Victorian brick brownstone in the heart of the historic South End. A gleaming kitchen with stainless appliances and island seating anchors one corner of the large living area, while sunlight floods in from bay windows and takes on a rosy glow as it hits the exposed-brick walls. The bedroom is carpeted for comfort and offers views of the Back Bay skyline, which is an easy stroll away.